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The Shawnee News-Star
  • South Central Industries is planning event

  • Gun turkey season is now open.
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  • Tina Hanna, executive director of South Central Industries, is extending an invitation to Shawnee Community leaders to attend the Hassen Family Park Dedication, tour South Central facilities and meet the clients and staff.
     
    She said South Central is hosting a Park Dedication on Friday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. at 130 N. Louisa, downtown Shawnee.
     
    She added “We sincerely hope you will be able to join us for a ribbon cutting and refreshments on this special day. Please feel free to call me at 405-275-3851.”
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    The gun season for fall turkey is opening today. It’s limited to a certain number of counties and is not open statewide.
     
    Pottawatomie and Lincoln Counties are not open to fall gun turkey hunting. Seminole County is open and hunters may shoot only tom turkeys.
     
    The season will remain open through Friday, Nov. 22, the day before the deer gun season opens statewide.
     
    According to the regulations of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, the following counties have a limit
    of one tom turkey:
     
    Alfalfa, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cimarron, Cotton, Creek, Custer, Gar- field, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Hughes,
    Jefferson, Kay, Kiowa, Love, Murray, Noble, Okfuskee, Pawnee, Seminole, Stephens, Texas and Washita.
     
    The following counties have a limit of one turkey of either sex: Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Comanche, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Jackson, Kingfisher, Logan, Major, Osage, Payne, Roger Mills, Tillman, Woods and Woodward.
     
    The following counties are open to shotgun hunting only and have a limit of one tom turkey: Adair, Cherokee, Craig,
    Haskell, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Sequoyah, Wagoner and Washington.
    Legal Means of Taking include
    • archery: Equipment described as legal for
    deer archery season.
    • rifle: Centerfire rifles, .22 Magnum rimfire,
    5 mm Magnum rimfire and .17 HMR are legal. All other rimfire rifles are illegal.
    • Muzzleloader: Muzzleloader rifles and hand-guns of .36 caliber or larger are legal.
     
    Shotguns: Conventional or muzzleloading, using shot no larger than BB (.180 of an inch in diameter) are legal
     
    Handgun: Centerfire, .22 Magnum rimfire, 5 mm Magnum rimfire and .17 HMR are legal. All other rimfire handguns are illegal.
     
    • Concurrent seasons: Conventional handguns and rifles and muzzleloaders smaller than .40 caliber are not permitted for turkey hunting during the two-day period when fall turkey season and deer muzzleloader season overlap.
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    Shooting hours are one-half hour before official sunrise to official sunset.
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    Changes coming to the state’s workers’ compensation system will be outlined and questions answered during a free conference at Gordon Cooper Technology Center.
     
    The interactive video conference sponsored by the American Subcontractors Association of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network is scheduled 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Interstate 40 and SH 18.
     
    The conference speaker is attorney James Ferguson with the Oklahoma City law firm of Walker, Ferguson & Ferguson. James Ferguson’s practice emphasizes workers’ compensation defense. The presentation will last one hour including 30 minutes for questions.
     
    Register for the conference online at www.asaok.com or call OBAN Coordinator David Hoffmeier at (405) 273-7493 ext. 2317.
     
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    Department of Public Safety officials report 63 fatalities in September this year compared to 78 in the same month last year.
     
    During the month of September there were 14 motorcyclists and eight pedestrians who died in traffic related crashes, according to DPS.
     
    The highest daily fatality numbers include 17 deaths on Saturdays, dropping to 11 on Mondays.
    There were three days in the month of September the Department of Public Safety reported no fatalities.
     
    Seven of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related. Fifty-one of the fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and
    12 nonresidents. There were 39 male and 20 female victims.
     
    Eleven of the fatality victims were under the age of 20. The 41- 50 year-old group led the fatality count with 15.
     
    Oklahoma County led the state with a fatality count of eight followed by Tulsa County with seven fatalities.
     
    The highest number of fatalities occurred on State Highways with 20. There were 14 fatalities on US Highways.
     
    Fifty-three percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.
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    Shawnee Electronic Recycling Day in recognition of America Recycles Day will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16 8:30 a.m.-2 pm. The dropoff location is: Direct Colors Inc., 430 E. 10th Street, Shawnee.
    Accepted materials include: computers/laptops; computer peripherals; fax machines; printers; photocopiers; VCRs; home/office phones; consumer electronics (DVD players, alarm clocks, etc.); televisions, monitors, stereos, cell phones. For more information about this event and recycling in Shawnee, visit www.sustainableshawnee.org or call 275-6657
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    Bethel’s Ag Boosters are planning their dinner and auction for Saturday, Nov. 9. Dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. and the live auction begins at 6 p.m.
    The FFA will be auctioning off a smoker along with several other items and also there will be silent auction tables.
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    If you have ideas or something of interest for this column, please call me at 214-3922 or email me at michael.mccormick@news-star.com. Please include your name and a phone number for contact purposes.
     
     
     
     
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